Shaun of the Dead

Universal Pictures Released 2004



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Edgar Wright

Shaun has seen better days; his co-workers don't respect him, his roommate Pete resents him, and he can't get along with his step-father Philip. The one good thing in his life, his girlfriend Liz dumps him because all he ever wants to do is hang out at his favorite pub, the Winchester. Shaun vows to get his life in order the next day, only to wake up to find that zombies have started attacking his town. Together with his best friend, Ed, Shaun is determined to gather up his mother, step-father, and ex-girlfriend and get them all to safety. Ed and Shaun kick some zombie butt and succeed in getting most of their friends to the Winchester pub, which is where they feel the safest. Ed accidentally draws the zombies to the pub by playing a loud game and the group is surrounded. Will Shaun and Ed be able to keep their friends safe, or has their whole mission been a failure?



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Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    By treating the genre as a joke, this satire, whose title plays off George A. Romero's 1979 golden oldie, "Dawn of the Dead," yields ironic dramatic dividends.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    It's a grisly but sweet ode to friendship, love and the George Romero zombie trilogy.

  • 70

    Variety Derek Elley

    A classic example of a clever idea that could easily have run out of steam halfway. However, co-scripters Pegg and Wright structure it as a classic three-acter (set-up, journey, fi...


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    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Shaun: (regarding Ed still living in their shared house) I've known him since primary school. You know, I like having him around, he's a laugh.
        Pete: Why? Because he can impersonate an orangutan? F***-a-doodle-do.
        Shaun: Oh, leave him alone.
        Pete: All right, I admit he can be pretty funny on occasion. Like that time we stayed up all night drinking apple schnapps and playing Tekken 2.
        Shaun: When was that? [laughing]
        Pete: That was five years ago. When's he going home?

      • Ed: (Shaun has just been dumped) Oi, look at me. I'm not gonna say, you know, there's plenty more fish in the sea. I'm not gonna say if you love her let her go and I'm not gonna bombard you with cliches but what I will say is this... it's not the end of the world.

      • David: I still don't actually understand why we are going to the Winchester.
        Shaun: Because it's a pub, it's safe, it's secure.
        Ed: They know us there.
        Liz: What makes it so secure?
        Shaun: Because it's got big heavy doors and deadbolts. You've been to a lock-in.
        Ed: And there's a rifle above the bar.
        David: I would think that's deactivated.
        Ed: It's not, I'm telling you. John's connected, Big Al says so.
        Shaun: Big Al also says that dogs can't look up.
        Ed: They can't.
        Dianne: Ooh, can't they?
        Shaun: Of course they can.
        Ed: No they can't.
        Diane: Are you sure.
        Shaun: Yes!

      • Shaun: (Shaun's mum has just died from a zombie bite and David want's to finish her off to stop her turning) For Christ's sake, she's not dead!
        David: She's finished. For a hero, you're quite the hypocrite.
        Shaun: You're the one who's gone from being a chartered accountant to Charlton Heston.
        David: I'm not a chartered accountant.
        Shaun: Well, you look like one.
        Ed: Yeah!
        David: I'm a lecturer.
        Shaun: You're a t***.
        Ed: Yeah!

    • NOTES (5)

      • Production Budget - $4,000,000
        Domestic Gross - $13,542,874 (129th)
        Worldwide Gross - $30,039,392 (118th)

        Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $17,795,467
        Worldwide Adjusted fro 2013 - $39,472,051

      • Other production companies:
        Studio Canal
        Working Title Films
        WT2 Productions
        Big Talk Productions
        Inside Track 2
        Focus Feartures
        (US distributor)
        Odeon Films (Canadian distributor)

      • Filming locations include:
        East Finchley, London, England
        Crouch End, London, England
        Park Royal, London, England
        Archway, London, England
        Hillcrest, Highgate, London, England
        Deptford, London, England
        Ealing Studios, Ealing, London, England
        North Finchley, London, England
        Hampstead, London, England
        Hornsey, London, England
        New Barnet, London, England
        Muswell Hill, London, England
        New Cross, London, England

      • Taglines:
        1. It's just one of those days when you're feeling a little...dead.
        2. Buy Milk. Ring Mum. Dodge Zombies
        3. Shuffling into theaters September 24th.
        4. A romantic comedy. With zombies.
        5. Ever felt like you were surrounded by zombies?
        6. In a time of crisis a hero must rise...from his sofa.
        7. Bought coffee. Called Mom. Dodged zombies.
        8. This September, aim for the head.

      • Music:
        Ghost Town
        Performed by The Specials
        The Blue Wrath
        Performed by I Monster
        Kernkraft 400
        Performed by Zombie Nation
        If You Leave Me Now
        Performed by Chicago
        White Lines
        Performed by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost
        Hip Hop Be Bop (Don't Stop)
        Performed by Man Parrish
        Performed by The Smiths
        Performed by Goblin
        Performed by Ash
        Mister Mental
        Performed by Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster
        Don't Stop Me Now
        Performed by Queen
        You're My Best Friend
        Performed by Queen
        Everybody's Happy Nowadays
        Performed by Ash
        The Gonk (Kid Koala Remix)
        Performed by The Noveltones
        Performed by Ash

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